Anyone who plans to stay in Magdeburg for longer than three months must register with the city’s residents’ registration office (Bürgerbüro) within two weeks of arrival. To do this you will need your passport/identity card and the following form: Wohnungsgeberbestätigung. If, during your stay in Germany, you move house, you must inform the residents’ registration office of your new address (change of address notification) and provide them with your current accommodation provider’s confirmation. Before you leave Magdeburg and Germany for good, you should also give notice of your departure (at the latest 1 week before you leave).
There are two registration pathways in Magdeburg, as a distinction is made in the residents’ registration office between EU citizens and non-EU citizens.
EU Citizens: You come from a European Union member state. The check list details the things that you will need to take with you when you register:
- accommodation provider’s confirmation
- passport / identity card
- biometric photo
In some cases, you may also need to provide additional documentation such as a
- certificate of enrolment or letter of admission
- European health insurance card and
- proof of adequate means of subsistence (see right of abode).
This will enable you to register for the EU freedom of movement certificate. This will arrive by post within a few days
Non-EU Citizens: If you come from a country outside of the European Union, then you will need
- an accommodation provider's confirmation and
- a passport / identity card.
This will enable you to obtain a registration document from the residents’ registration office for your stay in Magdeburg.
The central residents’ registration office (Bürgerbüro Mitte) is located at Leiterstrasse 2a, 39104 Magdeburg. This can be accessed by tram lines 2 and 9, Leiterstrasse stop. Note: The residents’ registration office is closed on the 1st Wednesday of every month. There are also other residents’ registration offices in Magdeburg. Check to see which is nearest to you. Both the residents’ registration office for the city centre (“Bürgerbüro Mitte”) and the office for the eastern part of the city (“Bürgerbüro Ost”) are located close to the university. To avoid long waiting times, the residents’ registration offices also offer online appointment reservations. In addition, at the beginning of each semester, there is a mobile residents’ registration office in the Campus Service Centre.
Monday 8 am - 12 noon
Tuesday 9 am - 5.30 pm
Wednesday 8 am - 12 noon (closed every first Wednesday of a month)
Thursday 8 am - 5.30 pm
Friday 8 am - 12 noon
Saturday 8 am - 12 noon (Bürgerbüro Mitte only)
Note: At the start of the semester, the residents’ registration office offers appointments in the Campus Service Centre (CSC), in Building 01, Universitätsplatz 2.
Students whose stay in the city lasts for at least two years receive financial support of €160 from the state capital of Magdeburg. The state capital pays out €70 upon registration of main residence in Magdeburg. The further payments, which amount to €50 and €40 are made at annual intervals. Note: If you deregister your main residence before the end of the period for which you have received support, you must repay the sum that you have already received. More information is available on the Website of Magdeburg.
If you move within the Federal Republic of Germany, you must notify the new registration office of your new address. However, if you move within Germany, it is not necessary to deregister from your old place of residence. As soon as your stay in Germany ends and you leave the country, the relevant residents’ registration office must be notified of the end of your stay via the "Abmeldung der Meldebehörde".